Closing Address by H.E.Mr. Noulinh Sinbandhit - 19th Meeting of the MRC Council

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 17th Jan 2013

Agenda B, Session 2: Joint Meeting with the Seventeenth Donor Consultative Group
Mekong River Commission
17 January 2013,  Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

 

Welcome Address
By
His Excellency Mr. Noulinh Sinbandhit
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Chairperson of the Lao National Mekong Committee
Member of the MRC Council for the Lao PDR
Chairperson of the MRC Council for 2012/2013

Closing Address

By

His Excellency Mr. Noulinh Sinbandhit
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Chairperson of the Lao National Mekong Committee
Member of the MRC Council for the Lao PDR
Chairperson of the MRC Council for 2012/2013

Excellency Mr. Lim Kean Hor
Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology
Chairperson of the Cambodia National Mekong Committee
Member of the MRC Council for Cambodia

Excellency Mr. Preecha Rengsomboonsuk
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Chairperson of the Thai National Mekong Committee
Member of the MRC Council for Thailand

Excellency Mr. Nguyen Minh Quang
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Chairperson of the Viet Nam National Mekong Committee
Member of the MRC Council for Viet Nam

Distinguished Delegates,

Honorable Development Partners,

Ladies and gentlemen,

As we are coming to the end of this Joint Meeting with the Seventeenth Donor Consultative Group, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for a productive day and would like to thank you all for your insight, discussions and participation.

Throughout the day, we have heard statements from the four Member Countries and Development Partners as well as progress on several matters of the MRC operations.

The meeting today restates the strong support and commitment to move forward together as we get through the organisational transition and through the challenges faced by the region. This meeting also reminds us that increased cooperation with the Development Partners and others will remain as crucial as ever.

As recognised in the MRC’s Hua Hin Declaration, and confirmed as a strategic pillar in the resulting MRC Strategies, close cooperation amongst the MRC countries over the coming year and beyond, will be required to optimise multiple use of water resources and mutual benefits for all riparians. And I am glad to hear that the implementation of the priority areas of action in the Declaration, in the Strategic Plan 2011-2015 and in the Basin Development Strategy has progressed well.

The region’s rapid and accelerated development demands that our riparian governments are well equipped, and that plans, as well as strategic activities, are in place and implemented in a coordinated and integrated manner.

Against this backdrop, I am delighted to learn that the MRC countries have already assumed a number of functions including water level monitoring. Although at differing stages in different Member Countries, regional and national roadmaps are being finalised. It is encouraging to hear that strategic activities have been adopted in a basin action plan and that the preparation of regional and national plans is progressing despite some delay.

At our meeting today we also see that Development Partners’ support, both financial and technical, remains strong with positive prospects for the future.

I sincerely hope that the spirit of cooperation in sustainable development of the Mekong Basin continues.

Distinguished Delegates,

Honorable Development Partners,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Before we end the Joint Meeting with the Seventeenth Donor Consultative Group, may I take this opportunity to thank you for all your valuable contributions during the past year.

I look forward to meeting you all next year at the Twentieth Meeting of the MRC Council in Thailand.

I, therefore, would like to declare the Joint Meeting with the Seventeenth Donor Consultative Group closed.

Thank you.